Kathe Burkhart

Year and place of birth: 1958, Martinsburg, USA Location: New York, USA

Kathe Burkhart makes videos, collages, photos, performances and paintings. She teaches at various art schools and also writes haikus, novels and art criticism. Her practice is influenced by popular culture, conceptual art and the artistic strategies of appropriation. Burkhart is a pivotal figure in the ‘bad girl’ art movement and has focused on the female image since the early 1980s. In the wake of the first feminist media and art criticism, she deals with themes like sexuality and gender identity. In so doing, she mixes fiction with non-fiction, word with image, and political subjects with personal themes. This is partly why her oeuvre contains so many allusions and intimate autobiographical elements.

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